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 Newgy Robo-Pong 2050 review:

Wow! This is one smart robot. Revolutionary digital technology means easy, precise regulation of ball speed, wait time, and landing location. Normal Mode gives you simple manual control over each function while in Drill Mode, you can run any of the 64 drills stored on the controller. Use PC Mode to create and save drills using a simple interface, then run those drills direct from your PC. Setup Mode makes it easy to calibrate motors to a set standard and select your desired language. Intelligent design also allows selection of favored hand so drills run correctly for right-handers and left-handers alike. You can even tell your Robo-Pong 2050 to throw balls for 5 minutes, and it will automatically calculate how many balls will be thrown in that time.

"After training with the Canadian Olympic Team for 3 years, I know what an effective training session consists of. The Robo-Pong 2050 can perform nearly every drill that a top training partner can perform."- Samson Dubina

Package Includes:

  • Ball Thrower (w/Oscillation)
  • Recycling Net System
  • Side Net Extenders
  • Rubber Tips Packet
  • Full Size Digital Control Box
  • Transformer
  • Connector Cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • Set-up DVD
  • 48 Orange 40mm Robo-Balls
  • Training Book (USA only)

Full specifications are given below:

Specifications For Robot Pong 2050
Spins
Topspin, backspin, left sidespin, right sidespin, combination spins
Shot Selection
Push, chop, serve, drive, lob, fast loop
Head Angle
Adjust from low (serves) to high (lobs)
Power Source
Australian Standard
Set-Up & Take Down
Quick and easy set-up and take down take less than 5 minutes.
No assembly or tools required.
Compatibility
Can be used on all known commercial table tennis tables
Remote Control
Convenient control box enables quick adjustments without stopping play
Warranty
One-year warranty. Parts available worldwide.

 

ITEM
540
2040
2050
Balls per minute, max.
63
94
170
Balls per minute, min.
13
26
1.2
Ball speed (MPH), max.
70
65
65
Ball speed (MPH), min.
<10
<10
<10

 

 

 

 

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 Newgy Robo-Pong 1050 Reviews
Review 2050 from internet - March 2010
I have used the 2040 for several months ($600) and then bought the 2050 upgrade for $100 (note: a special initial offer only in USA). While I was very happy with the 2040, the 2050 goes a big step further now having the features that a digital controller can offer. Now it will oscillate and change speed according to preset drills, providing a much more realistic practice session. The preset drills appear to be well thought out, with groups of patterns for serves, high smashes, up and back and left and right. With the 2040, I could quickly figure where I needed to be for a given set of shots. With the 2050, I found myself really having to pay attention to get in position. Some of the drills have built in random shots, others are designed to simply make you move. You've got to move or the machine will humiliate you, just like those darned opponents. The controller design is well done, and offers way more control than the previous analog. You can have a manual setting for one shot you want to work on, and then switch to a drill that mixes that shot with others, and back, from the controller position. You can work on a shot without having to fiddle as much as before, basically. Additionally, the paperwork that comes with the outfit is well done with lots of photos, and is printed on high quality paper. The company appears to have its act together.

NOTE: Reviews below are for the 1050, which is identical to the 2050, except the 2050 includes the recycling net and system.

Review by pushchop (published with permission)
Seems like nobody has written any reviews on the Newgy 1050, so I'll write one. First real post of mine on this board, so hi!

Where to start? I've had mine for 1 month. First off, it's a digital control pad. That's the good news. The bad news is it's still a single-wheel design, so no-spin balls are not possible. However, since it's only 395 USD, the benefit to your footwork from the programmable DRILL mode completely overshadows any shortcomings.

Let me start by saying I have only played on one other robot -- the AMDT TW2700-06 (dual-wheel no-spin model), so my point of reference is limited.

1) NORMAL mode. You can configure random oscillation and/or random speed. This is as close to a random hitting partner you can get without spending 2k USD for dual-headed robot that can shoot back-to-back topspin/backspin shots to you. You have to decide up front whether to drill in topspin mode or backspin mode. And since spin is dependent on speed, long balls are always high spin, and short balls are always low spin. And amount of sidespin is also chosen at beginning of drill. So it's not perfect. But who cares? It was $395.

2) DRILL mode. This is where the 1050 shines. I do easy falkenberg drills using drill mode (half table movements, not full table width, I'd die). There are 64 pre-programmed drills, and the upper 32 drills are really tough (like end-to-end falkenberg and slash drills), talk about sore legs trying to do that. DRILL mode is very flexible. You can adjust speed and frequency of balls for any drill. For example, I might use the same drill to practice FH at ball freq of 1.3 balls per sec. But when I practice FH chopping, I set to 3.0 secs to give my chop reasonable time to get back on table before next ball shoots.

3) Quality of robot and maintenance. Very high quality. My only worry are the plastic fingers that bring the balls from bucket up to shooting head. Otherwise, seems well made. I get one ball jam every 2000-4000 balls. It's usually caused by dirty balls. So you do need to wash your balls (no pun intended) every 2 wks, and wipe off dirt from friction block + throw wheel, just to keep things smooth.

4) Catch net. Why not buy the 2050? It comes with recyling net? Yes, the 2050 is great for lazy people, but at $795 it was not in my budget. The Catch Net II is $80 including side nets. Works great, has funnel in net for easy reloading of balls. 1050 can hold 200 balls. But a bonus of the 1050 is the versatility -- think about this -- most recycling net robots can only shoot balls from middle of table. They cannot shoot down-the-line shots or shoot full cross court shots. The 1050 can. And you can use it to similuate Joo Hse Hyuk chopping at you by placing it 15 ft back from table with backspin. Smile I can't think of any recycling robot that can do this.

5) Noise. It's a lot quiter than I thought. The left/right oscillation is silent. The only noise comes from the spinning wheel and shooting of the ball. Problem is you get no visual hints on speed since the robot has no paddle. But, you do hear the wheel spinning faster/slower, so you have an equivalent hint audibly. But the sidespin? Holy smokes, completely blindsided since there's no hint at all.

Continued:
I initially was concerned that the single wheel design would limit the 1050's usefulness. And that is still Newgy's weakness.

The 2050 controller is identical to the 1050. It's actually a 9-pin D-SUB serial connector. The only reason they call it a "USB/serial" interface is some laptops don't have serial ports, so you'd need a USB<->serial converter. Their Robo-Soft software is pretty smart -- it automatically probes until it finds the controller. Nifty.

I must say the programmable drills are awesome on the 1050/2050. You should download the user manual from their website and check out drills 1-64. Drills 33-64 are user programmable. My thinking is if you are intermediate player, the 1050/2050 will be just fine. For advanced level players who requires practice against no-spin balls, dual wheels is a must. But I solve this problem simply by training on the 1050 for 80% of my time for topspin/backspin/sidespin, and practicing with hitting partner who plays pips-out the other 20%, hehe.

In terms of the built-in drills, I like the falkenberg drills (for footwork) and forward slash drills (to simulate defending against 3rd ball attack: robot serves you short ball to right, you move forward and push, robot smashes one long left, you shuffle fast and block).

In terms of just specific training, I like practicing smashing against chops, flipping short balls, and close-to-table blocking. You will be amazed how just these three things will turn your games around. When you're not worrying about how to perform these moves, you can focus on strategy. i.e. when I smash against chop, I'm not thinking about how to do it -- I'm thinking about where to land the ball. :-)

I hooked up my PC to the controller a few days ago, and ran the Robo-Soft program to program my own drills. It is so easy to do, it's insane. And if you screw up, no fear. The software has a "revert to factory defaults" option.

One thing I just realized this week is that the Newgy controller has a Language setting that displays Chinese, Swedish, Spanish, French, German, etc. I had no idea they had translated to every language.
 

Review by hitman21 April 2010
Definitely a must buy for a serious player...otherwise why bother? 75 mph is a max speed so they say, and with random oscillation, top spin, back spin, side spin and combinations of those make each drill exciting...along with adjustable angle to get lob drills in! there are 64 drills in this easy to use pad and various ways to adjust to your skill level! worth the price? you betcha, and i only find fault in back spin drills...don't see why they fly into the net so easily...but i just do a normal setting for them then. otherwise, you will surely get better with this item and it is easily assembled and user friendly!
 

Review on February 25, 2010
Just got it today, played with it for an hour. No problems at all. Digital control is great, but the real gem is you can set to random POSITION and random SPEED, which is much more difficult than playing predictable sweeping robots like SuperMaster or older Newgy 1040. Imagine shot goes long left with high topspin, another short right with low topspin, etc, randomly. Pretty realistic opponent. How does it work? 1) First you choose top or back spin (with or without sidespin). 2) Then you choose either fixed position or run in random oscillation mode and/or random speed mode. I recommend starting off with fixed position to get used to robot. Then set random POSITION. Play with that a bit. Then turn on random SPEED too. Now it's a strong unpredictable opponent! There is no paddle movement to give you hint. The head oscillation is completely silent, so you can't "game" the system by trying to hear how many clicks it turned. The top speed on this thing is pretty fast. They say 75mph at the "30" setting. I set it to 2 balls per sec at max speed just to see what happens. Picture a guy covering his head and running for cover...hahaha... And yes, people are correct. The backspin on faster speeds is so incredibly strong, you have to dial back the speed to be realistic. Or setup the head to "serve" the backspin to you. Lastly, make sure you buy the Catch Net II + Side Nets for $80. Well worth money since it has funnel at bottom for easy refills. It took me 30 mins to put together, a bit confusing. But once done, nice product. If Rumplestiltskin asked for firstborn or Newgy 1050, I think I'd hand him firstborn.
 

Review by jyan on February 28, 2010
Just got 2 days ago, and am completely sold on new digital control panel. Reasons why you should drop your paycheck on this robot:

1) Programmable drill mode. The flexibility of the built-in drills are amazing! For example, one topspin drill is a sequence of 4 shots: Left short slow, Left long fast, Right short slow, Right long fast. Set to run drill either by total number of balls thrown, total minutes played, or run forever. How many under $1000 robots do you know can do that?

2) Programmable Oscillation. Oscillation control on the 1050 is effortless. Just choose the L/R sweep range at control panel.

3) Random Oscillation and Random Speed. A truly tough random opponent, except for one thing -- drills cannot alternate between topspin or backspin since it's not controlled by digital controller. So not completely human, but pretty darn good as your practice partner. And don't forget it's a single-wheel design. Not being able to toss you no-spin balls is no big deal when the flip side is being able to improve footwork on falkenberg drills. When you are serious enough to worry about no-spin balls, you can easily sell your 1050 for good price and upgrade to something like the dual-wheel AMDT TW2700-08 for $1350 with control panel adjustable head tilt. Drool.
 

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